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Communications Manager


Seattle, Washington

Date Posted: 6/9/21

COMPASS seeks motivated candidates for the position of Communications Manager to build community around COMPASS’ work through strategic, impactful communications. COMPASS champions, connects, and supports diverse science leaders for the well-being of people and nature. For more than 20 years, COMPASS has been a trailblazer in the effort to bring science into public conversation.

We believe that science communication and engagement are more impactful when scientists feel safe and supported to bring their whole selves to their work. We also believe that today’s environmental challenges, like biodiversity loss and climate change, demand solutions that are equitable, inclusive and just.

COMPASS is deeply committed to workplace policies and practices that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a workplace culture that upholds our core values. Learn more about our work on our website:

Position Summary:

You see communication as an essential tool for building and expanding diverse networks and creating change in the world. You thrive in situations where you can get started on your own and check-in regularly for feedback and support from responsive colleagues. You are committed to diversity, justice and equity in your work and embrace a collaborative and inclusive organizational culture, both internally and externally. You have experience with brand stewardship and are eager to bring our communication strategy to life. You have a knack for finding compelling stories and sharing them in authentic, impactful ways with the audiences that need to hear them. You actively work to understand your audiences and embrace a learning culture, where monitoring and evaluation inform future decisions. You are curious, and focus on “getting it right” rather than being right. As you grow in this role, you will have the opportunity to drive our organization communication strategy, with the support of the ED and consultants as needed. You are a strategic thinker who has 3-5 years of experience in communication, and you’re ready to help us elevate the important role science plays in society and in decision making.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Implement our organizational communication strategy; lead the ongoing evolution of our strategy, with the support of the ED and consultants as needed.
  • Assist Development team with periodic fundraising outreach efforts.
  • Lead regular editorial meetings with relevant team members. Liaise with other COMPASS staff to ensure our strategies are well-integrated across programs.
  • Contribute to COMPASS’s culture of collaboration by proactively seeking out as well as sharing information, ideas, and connections across the team.
  • Monitor and report on the effectiveness of our communication efforts.

Brand stewardship:

  • Bring the COMPASS brand to life through storytelling and engaging content experiences.
  • Ensure all external-facing materials comply with COMPASS brand guidelines.

Community building:

  • Foster a sense of community among COMPASS’s diverse network of scientists and science leaders, particularly alumni of COMPASS’s training programs. Thoughtfully contribute to team-wide efforts to engage with this community, support their on-going learning and growth, and look for opportunities for collaboration and action.
  • Build and maintain relationships with communities of practice in science communication, communications, and the environmental sector.

Content Development and Management:

  • Basic website updates and maintenance (WordPress).
  • Oversee the COMPASS blog, including editing staff and guest author posts, and writing organizational posts.
  • Engage with our communities on social media (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn).
  • Organize and distribute our monthly newsletter; manage outreach lists.
  • Create promotional materials for events and opportunities, working with collaborators or contractors as needed.
  • Share brand visibility opportunities with appropriate members of the COMPASS team (speaking opportunities, requests for proposals that are relevant to our work, etc).

Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience in communication, public relations, community building, or related fields.
  • Experience implementing a communication strategy; experience writing organizational communication strategies is appreciated but not required.
  • Experience managing the work of other staff, consultants, or contractors for particular projects.
  • Skilled at writing, editing and verbal communication for a variety of audiences, with an ability to understand and synthesize complex topics.
  • Experience building community across cultural contexts, backgrounds, disciplines and sectors, both in-person and online. Commitment to building inclusive spaces and diverse networks, and working towards equity and justice.
  • Experience in running organizational social media accounts and fostering online communities.
  • Experience maintaining and updating WordPress websites.
  • Skills in developing visual materials, graphic design, video, podcasts, or other media greatly appreciated.
  • Ability to be direct, receive constructive feedback, and proactively communicate expectations to other teammates.
  • Tenacious and creative problem-solver, with attention to detail and ability to track multiple efforts simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with remotely-located team members.
  • Alignment with COMPASS’ mission and values.

Organizational Relationships

You will report to the Executive Director, and will work closely with her on many projects. You also interact regularly with the rest of the COMPASS team and periodically be accountable to other program staff for events and discrete tasks.

Work Environment and Location

We strongly prefer this position be based in Seattle, Washington, once it is safe to return to in-person work, with 1-2 days a week in person at a co-working location with the ED. However, location is flexible for the right candidate, and options include fully remote work or joining the COMPASS offices in Portland, OR or Washington, DC, when safe to do so. Currently, all COMPASS staff work remotely to ensure team safety and well-being. No relocation costs will be covered for this position. The job predominantly involves computer-based activity and occasional local and domestic travel once safe, as outlined by COMPASS’ internal policies.


This is a full time exempt position at approximately 40 hours per week. The rate of pay is $55,000 -$60,000 depending on experience and qualifications. COMPASS offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement contributions, and generous paid time off.

Application Deadline and How to Apply

In lieu of a cover letter, we are asking applicants to submit a resume, link(s) to your portfolio or past communications projects, and contact information for 3 professional references, via this form.

The form also includes the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to do this job? Tell us how working with COMPASS will advance your career goals and the change you want to make in the world.
  2. What experiences do you have that will help you to succeed?
  3. Tell us about your approach to organizational communications, and how you use communications as a way to build community.
  4. What else would you like to share with us?

There is no word limit, but we encourage you to keep your responses for each question to 200 words or less (our goal is to learn more about you than a resume can provide, but without the added burden of a cover letter).

We encourage applicants to submit their materials no later than July 2. We expect to begin initial interviews the week of July 19.

Equal Opportunity Employer

COMPASS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and strive to create an inclusive, equitable workspace that celebrates difference and the unique perspectives each member of the team brings to our mission and work.

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